Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Directed by Marcos Carnevale
Spanish with English subtitles
Cast: Alejandra Manzo, Norma Aleandro, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso, Peto Menahem
Chai Tea + A Movie
Sunday February 20, 2011
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard – 4861 Yonge Street
Tea – 4:00pm | Film – 5:00pm
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 416-599-8433 # 0
Or online through the TJFF website, www.tjff.com
Tickets $15 (cash only, subject to availability)
We dare you to not be moved by this lovely award-winning film.
Anita Feldman (Alejandra Manzo), a young woman with Down Syndrome, lives a happy, routine life being meticulously cared for by her mother (OscarÒ nominee Norma Aleandro) while helping her run their family-owned stationery shop. But one tragic morning changes everything. Anita’s mother is on an errand to collect a government cheque, when the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed. A confused Anita sets out to search for her mother and wanders through the city – causing her brother Ariel (Peto Menahem) to set off on his own journey to save his sister.
Adrift in a sea of streets filled with people – many of them as disoriented as herself – Anita learns basic life lessons, not only in terms of self-preservation, but in the less tangible rewards of caring for others. While developing a sense of self, she touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic, to a family of Asian immigrants.
This multicultural portrait of Buenos Aires is a panorama of individuals full of love to give and simultaneously starved for tenderness. As Anita, Manzo delivers a stunning performance in one of the best films to come out of Argentina in years. The movie also boasts a stunning performance by Norma Aleandro, the “Meryl Streep” of Argentinian film.
ABOUT TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The Festival is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. The TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world, to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.